South Tyneside Asylum Seekers and Refugees Church Help
S.T.A.R.C.H. provides a variety of services to help Asylum Seekers and Refugees in South Tyneside
Everyone is made very welcome at the weekly Drop-in on Tuesdays 12.30 – 1.30pm at Living Waters Church, South Shields. Families meet and chat, with refreshments and toys for the children, while at the same time getting practical assistance.
We provide interpreters from our group free of charge.
We provide second-hand household goods and clothing.
We access school uniforms from Key 2 Life.
We monitor housing and raise concerns with the landlord.
We pay fares for hospital attendance or when seeking legal advice
We give financial support when benefits do not arrive.
We have access to a food bank in times of need
We are always ready to help in times of crisis.
Our regular with help from many agencies (e.g: Red Cross, Education Authority, Police, Fire Brigade, Muslim Community) provide help to register with GPs, complete Home Office forms, deal with deportation problems and contact solicitors. We ensure that all arrivals register with a GP and a dentist, as well as with a school or college.
Our volunteers offer to help new arrivals find their way around, showing them how to use public transport and how to find the hospital, library and places of worship. We also have volunteer teachers who give English lessons to mixed groups.
Project Leader – Margaret Gregg
Mobile Number: 07914123259